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Kid's should have limited exposure to BPA for natural mental health

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Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health reports prenatal BPA exposure has been linked to anxiety and depression in boys.


Anxiety and depression in children can be a serious problem which can often be prevented by encouraging a naturally healthy lifestyle with good nutrition and daily exercise. It is also important to avoid BPA exposure in children to help them effectively maintain mental health. The National Toxicology Program at the FDA has expressed concerns about the possible effects on the brain and behavior of infants and young kids of BPA exposure reports WebMD.

Prenatal exposure to BPA is associated with anxiety and depression in boys

Even prenatal exposure to BPA has been linked to anxiety and depression in boys according to Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health say a new study has shown boys who are exposed prenatally to BPA are more likely to develop symptoms of anxiety and depression when they are 10 to 12 years old.

BPA is a common chemical which is often used in plastics. BPA is found in plastic water bottles, food containers, thermal receipt paper, and dental sealants. This chemical is a synthetic estrogen in the body known as an endocrine disruptor. According to the Columbia researchers, led by Frederica Perera, PhD, DrPH, prenatal exposure to BPA has been found to be associated with emotionally reactive and aggressive behavior and other symptoms of anxiety and depression in kids.

Anxiety and depression can disrupt a child's life

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The researchers observed that boys who had the most prenatal exposure to BPA had more symptoms of depression and anxiety than boys who had less prenatal exposure to BPA. These associations were not seen in girls. It has been suggested there is greater susceptibility of the male brain to BPA during prenatal development. This is of great concern because anxiety and depression may interfere with a child’s ability to concentrate, perform well in school, socialize effectively and make new friends.

This study has been published in the journal Environmental Research. It has been suggested by
experimental and epidemiological studies that gestational exposure to BPA may be associated with neurobehavioral problems in children.

Exposure of kids to BPA should be limited

In order to help children reach for mental health naturally there should be efforts to limit their exposure to BPA. WebMD offers some tips on how to best do this. It is advisable to use products which are BPA free. There are many brands of bottles, tableware and sippy cups which advertise that they are free from BPA.

It is also strongly suggested to use an infant formula that is BPA free. Non-plastic containers made of glass, stainless steel or porcelain are also a good idea. Also make certain not to use plastic in the microwave because heat can cause BPA to dissolve out. Also because many canned foods still contain BPA it's advisable to use fewer of them and instead use more fresh or frozen food.

With these suggestions the exposure of kid's to BPA should be dramatically lessened. This can help children reach for mental health naturally. The stigmatization of psychiatric treatment and horrible potential side effects from the psychiatric drugs certainly offers good reasons to work aggressively to instead prevent mental illness with such natural interventions.